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Desmodium Styracifolium Guang Jing Qian Cao

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Pinyin: Guang Jing Qian Cao Latin: Desmodium Styracifolium

Physical Characteristics

Desmodium Styracifolium or Guang Jing is a perennial growing to 0.75m hardy to zone 0. The Desmodium Styracifolium flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Desmodium Styracifolium can fix Nitrogen. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil, acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils, cannot grow in the shade and requires moist soil.



Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Uses:*

The whole Desmodium Styracifolium plant is diuretic and febrifuge[147, 218].*

Desmodium Styracifolium is used in the treatment of gonorrhea[147]. A decoction of the plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of gallstones, urinary tract stones and hepatitis[218].*


  • [147]A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press 0 ISBN 0-914294-92-X
  • [200] Huxley. A.The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5
  • [218] Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. 1985 ISBN 0-917256-20-4

Source: Desmodium Styracifolium Guang Jing Qian Cao Plants For A Future, England 1996-2008.
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In TCM Desmodium Styracifolium is used in the treatment of gonorrhea. A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of gallstones, urinary tract stones and hepatitis.*

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